Zombie No More – Think Differently! by Abdulhameed Isa is an interesting, worthwhile read, because it is replete with nuggets of truth, which if pondered deeply and acted upon can change the course and trajectory of a person’s life for the better.
I personally love reading books that broaden my horizon and open my eyes to new ways of thinking and acting, which this book definitely has. Zombie No More – Think Differently! got me reflecting on how I could do things differently, and what new ideas I could conceive to solve particular problems.
There were a number of thoughts expressed by the author in this book, which I totally agree with, and which identify some of the factors preventing many people from quitting the zombie life and achieving financial emancipation. For example, Abdulhameed cites the Nigerian society’s obsessive fixation on certificates as a major impediment to achieving true financial freedom, and I couldn’t agree more. This inordinate emphasis on certificates in Nigeria has stifled the progress of many people and killed off their prospects just because they do not have any “papers” to present to a potential employer.
In Nigeria, once a person moots that they are looking for work, the first question they are often asked is, ‘What qualifications do you have?’ rather than, ‘What can you do?’ And those who do not possess any certificates or qualifications are generally looked down upon, and perceived as no-hopers, without a future, or underachievers. Therefore, since nobody wants to be viewed as any of those, many young people have become fixated on the idea of chasing after and acquiring certificates, both relevant and irrelevant, as the only way they can get ahead in life and truly fulfill their potential when in reality they have been caught in the vortex of zombie thinking because today certificates no longer guarantee you a livelihood, but thinking outside the box still holds it out. This fact so profoundly captures a fundamental reason why many people’s lives feel like a stick stuck in the mud because they cannot think apart from their certificates.
As for the narrative style of Zombie No More – Think Differently!, I like the way each chapter begins with a thought-provoking quote that sets the tone for the chapter; and throughout the chapter, the message in that quote reverberates. One of my favorites is the one by Jim Rohn, which goes:
Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.
This narrative style helps to prepare the mind of the reader for the lesson contained therein. And the fact that the lesson resonates throughout the chapter makes it permeate and stay in the reader’s mind. Abdulhameed did a good job of really stimulating the thinking of his readers by also citing real-life experiences of people who have been affected by the zombie way of thinking and the consequences.
For those who were able to break free from that mindset, they got financially liberated; but for some others, they never did, and have thus become a warning example for others. Zombie No More – Think Differently! is a must-read for anybody desirous of financial freedom through innovative thinking and action. Abdulhameed definitely hit the bull’s eye with this one, and I am sure his other works will be as good too.
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